A 23-year-old Doncaster man has today been sentenced to eight years in prison and three years on licence for killing PE teacher, Lewis Siddall, 24, with just one punch.
Blue Horrobin, from Askern, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court, where last month a jury unanimously found him guilty of manslaughter.
Mr Siddall, who was a local primary school teacher, was out with friends in Doncaster town centre on August 13th 2015 when Horrobin punched him in the head in a nightclub.
The attack happened at around 11pm in Doncaster’s VDKA bar. CCTV footage and eye witness accounts suggested it was unprovoked.
Mr Siddall returned to his home in Crossfield Lane, Skellow, where he lived with his parents, complaining of head pain.
His parents applied ice to his injuries after he told them he had been assaulted, and he then went to bed.
A family member found his body at around 5am the following day.
Post mortem results revealed he died from a head injury.
The jury took just 90 minutes to find Horrobin guilty of manslaughter on 20th January.
Sentencing was delivered today by Mr Justice Holgate. He said Mr Siddall had been killed by “a savage punch”, and ordered that Horrobin must serve at least two thirds of his sentence.
He said the length of the sentence reflected Horrobin’s previous convictions, and the lack of regret shown in text messages that revealed he was more concerned for his own welfare than the victim’s.
“You pose a serious threat to the public,” he said.
“You show violent impulses that you are not able to control.”
“You show no evidence of meaningful remorse.”
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, who led the investigation, spoke after the earlier guilty verdict.
He said Lewis Siddall had been killed as the result of an “unprovoked and senseless act of violence”.
“This was an avoidable incident and shows the devastating effect one punch can have on the lives of the victim, their family and friends,” he said.
After today’s sentencing, Mr Siddall’s uncle, David Siddall, said the sentence was fair, “but we would have liked to have seen him hanged”.